Rooting the Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone is the only way to get full control of the device. Once you have unchained the internal hardware, you have the administrator rights on the device.
The main advantage there is you can now install every app that needs those root permissions to work. Note that root access does not mean you can install a custom ROM. However, a custom recovery does and we have that during the guide for you too. That means once you leave here, you can install the extra apps and install a custom ROM.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
The Files You Need
- Download the rooting file you need from this page.
- Download the recovery file from this page.
- These are the steps you need to root the Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone. You cannot follow the guide unless you have an unlocked bootloader on the G600 smartphone. Moreover, you can only follow the guide if you have a Windows PC.
Rooting the Huawei Ascend G600
- Download the recovery and rooting files and transfer them both over to the desktop of the Windows PC.
- Right-click over the recovery file and select the ‘extract here’ option from the list. Do not extract the Root file, though.
- Now that you have both files extracted and ready to use, shutdown the Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone by long-pressing the Power button for 5 seconds.
- Reboot the G600 smartphone by holding the Power and Volume Down keys at the same time and keep pressing them down.
- You will notice your device enter the fastboot mode.
- Connect the G600 smartphone to the computer using the USB cable.
- Double-click the recovery executable file ending with ‘bat’ that you have on the desktop. Doing so will flash the custom recovery on your smartphone.
- Wait for the smartphone to reboot by itself; that’s how you know the recovery installation is complete.
- Copy the Root file over to the internal SD card. Make sure the file is copied to the root of the SD card, which means do not hide it in any sub folder.
- Completely power down the smartphone once more and unplug it from the computer.
- Reboot holding the Power + Volume Up keys to get your device in the recovery mode. Do not let go of the buttons until you can see your device is in the recovery mode. You should see the custom recovery menu that we just installed before.
- Navigate to the ‘Install’ option from the recovery menu.
- Browse the SD card for the Root file. The file should not yet be unzipped.
- Confirm you want to install that file.
- Go back to the main recovery screen and choose the reboot system option from the menu.
Once your device reboots, you should have the custom recovery and the root access. That means you can install every app on the Google Play Store that requires root access, and flash a custom ROM if you can find any available for your device.
The first app you might want to try is the root checker app.